Module 2-Social Studies 2A (RETIRED) - Course Guide

Module Overview:

In this module students will learn about African civilization through the use of fables and create a family history picture book. Students will complete a picture book of their family history. Students will explore the ancient Celts.

Module Materials:

Lesson # Lesson Title Material(s)
1 African Cultures Through Their Fables crayons or colored pencils
yarn (3 short pieces)
hole punch
2 Your Family History crayons or colored pencils
yarn (3 short pieces)
hole punch
3 Ancient Celtic Culture crayons or colored pencils
hole punch
feather with quill (optional)

Module Objectives:

Lesson # Lesson Title Objective(s)
1 African Cultures Through Their Fables
  1. Discover more about the African civilization through fables.
  2. Draw a pictorial representation of themes in the tale of Anansi and the Firefly.
  3. Develop a personal historical family story.
2 Your Family History
  1. Review African culture.
  2. Interpret fables.
  3. Complete family history story.
3 Ancient Celtic Culture
  1. Explore the ancient Celts through stories and legends.

Module Key Words:

Key Words
African cultures
Anansi and the Firefly
Tiger and the Big Wind
African music and dance
feather quill
King Arthur
Knights of the Round Table

Module Assignments:

Lesson # Lesson Title Page # Assignment Title
1 African Cultures Through Their Fables 3 Story Retell: Anansi and the Firefly
1 African Cultures Through Their Fables 4 Fables Assignment
2 Your Family History 3 Retell the Story: Tiger and the Big Wind
2 Your Family History 5 Your Family Assignment
2 Your Family History 7 Finish Your Family History
3 Ancient Celtic Culture 3 The Ancient Celts Assignment
3 Ancient Celtic Culture 4 Retell the Story: Columcille of Ireland

Learning Coach Notes:


Module Guiding Questions:

When a student starts a lesson ask them questions to check for prior knowledge and understanding and to review concepts being taught. At the end of the lesson ask the questions again to see if their answer changes.

Lesson Title Question
African Cultures Through Their Fables
  1. What is a fable?
  2. How do fables teach us about cultures?
  3. How do songs help us learn?
Your Family History
  1. How were stories passed down before they were written on paper?
  2. What is a folktale?
  3. How does telling stories help you learn about your family history?
Ancient Celtic Culture
  1. What is a legend?
  2. Where are the Ancient Celts from?

Module Video Questions:

When a student watches a video take time to ask them questions about what they watched. Suggested questions for the videos in this module are listed here. Suggestion: Have the student watch the entire video first all the way through. Then have them watch the video a second time, as they watch it pause the video and ask the questions.

Lesson Title Video Question
African Cultures Through Their Fables Kye, Kye, Kule
  1. What does the song “Kye, Kye, Kule” teach?
  2. Why is learning in Africa often fun?
Your Family History Folktales
  1. How did folktales get passed on?
  2. What were the people called who started writing down folktales?
  3. What are the names of some famous folktale collectors?
  4. Approximately how many different versions of Cinderella are there?
Ancient Celtic Culture The Story of King Arthur
  1. How did young Arthur become King of England?
  2. What did King Arthur expect his knights to live by?
  3. Why did Merlin know the future?
  4. Why did people in the Middle Ages like stories about kings and knights?
  5. Why is the story of King Arthur considered a legend?

Module Suggested Read Aloud Books:

Take time to read to your student or have them read aloud to you. Read a different book each day. While reading the book point out concepts being taught. You may purchase these books or find them at your local library. Suggested things to discuss while reading the book:

  • What is the main idea?
  • What are three things new you learned?
  • How does this book relate to what you are learning about?

# Book Author Lexile Level
1 Illustrated Tales of King Arthur Sarah Courtauld
2 Celtic Tales: Fairy Tales and Stories of Enchantment from Ireland, Scotland, Brittany, and Wales Kate Forrester
3 Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters: An African Tale John Steptoe

Module Outing:

Take some time to apply what your student is learning to the real world. Suggested outings are below.

# Outing
1 Check out your local library to see if they have any story telling programs available take your student to one. Discuss how sitting and listening to stories from a storyteller is like long ago. Note some libraries may actually have programs directly related to folktales and fables.